On my way into class today I heard a commercial advertising life insurance that stated “For the price of a drive through value meal you can insure your life, the well being of your children, and whoever your wife decides to marry after you!”…or something along those lines.
When I heard this I was reminded of the offerings taken up at so many camps and HYC’s I grew up attending. When I was younger the appeal was “After church you’re gonna go to Mickey-D’s (early attempt at relevancy), and you’re gonna spend $5 on a McRib value meal! Well young people (*cringe*), if you have $5 for a McRib then you should have $5 for McJesus! Can I get an amen?!”
And then we advanced to “Students, how many of you enjoy Starbucks?” (At which point we usually slouch down, knowing where this is going) “How many of you enjoy a Vent-ay coffee from Starrrbucks??” (another attempt at relevance) “Well young people, My wife loves Starbucks, and one day I was with her when she ordered. Now, she said some Italian thing, and I didn’t even know my wife spoke Italian, and the guy came to the register and said ‘That’ll be $5.15’, and young people, the Holy Ghost shot up one side and down the other side and I thought to myself If these young people can spend $5 on a coffee drink, they can spend $5 on Jesus! Whoo! Shouldaboughtahonda! Whoo!”
At which point the crowd meets the offering taker with applause and an offering is taken up, where we still put in a dollar despite the plea that just went forth.
Maybe we could come up with suggestions on what to compare an offering to, because Starbucks and Applebee’s just isn’t working.
iTunes downloads? Bowtie purchases? Tanning memberships?